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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Open Access...

Although the idea of something being “open access” is easily understandable, the vast and complex array of initiatives, licenses, and terminology may not be. For instance, what is meant by a “read and publish agreement”? What is a “hybrid journal”? Who or what is “Beall’s list”? What is “Plan S”? This webinar will present a primer on open access for early career professionals and anyone else new to the field who may have questions (but were afraid to ask). Join us to hear from a knowledgeable slate of publishing professionals to learn more about open access, including its history, important terminology, and influence on the present and future of scholarly publishing. A Q&A segment will follow the three presentations. Seriously, don’t be afraid to ask!
Publication Date
September 15, 2020


The SSP webinar program delivers a series of highly informative, thought-provoking webinars designed to challenge and stimulate discussion. Covering timely topics and offered regularly throughout the year, our one-hour webinars are available for viewing 60 days after the live broadcast.

Jasmin Lange


Chief Publishing Officer, Brill

Jasmin Lange holds a PhD in book history and has more than ten years of experience in academic publishing. Since 2018 she is Chief Publishing Officer and member of the management board at Brill, a medium-size HSS publisher founded in 1683. Jasmin is board member of STM and ALPSP. She enjoys speaking at library and publishing conferences about the future of humanities and book publishing, open access, and the digital humanities.

Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction & Professor, University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library and affiliate faculty in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As the 2010-11 ACRL President, she led the launch the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative. Lisa is currently Editor of Library Trends, a “chef” of The Scholarly Kitchen, and Chair of the IFLA Information Literacy Section. Other service includes positions in DLF, NISO, ARL, ALA, ILA, and LOEX. Lisa has consulted, presented, and published widely on the value of libraries, strategic planning, organizational innovation, emerging technologies, program evaluation, library assessment, privacy, inclusion and equity, information literacy, and teaching and learning.

Rebecca Benner


Associate Publisher, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Rebecca Benner is Associate Publisher at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, where she is responsible for oversight of journals, editorial, and production. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the College of Professional Studies at The George Washington University, where she teaches a course on "The Professional Editor" for the master's in publishing program.

Selene Carey


Editorial Director, Journals, Medicine & Life Sciences at Springer Nature

Selene Carey is an Editorial Director in the Medicine and Life Sciences Journals program at Springer Nature. She has worked in STM publishing since 2002 with roles in books and journals at several different publishers. She has a strong interest in portfolios and products that support open research principles, including transparency, reproducibility, and inclusivity.